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The author gives a account of what happened. He fails to tell about all the evidence that was damaged and could not be used in court. Also, what about the missing evidence and/or damaged evidence that was not secured in our court system. This really messed things up for the poor man who was accused and entitled to a have the case retried. Someone made sure to destroy his chances for fear that the cover up would be uncovered.
One star for the research that was put into this book. Otherwise it was garbage. The writing was bland, boring, and just plain awful. I picked this up to learn more about the area I live in and I wish I would have just done some internet research instead. I was looking for an unbiased opinion of the case, that is not what I got. I highly recommend not wasting your time.
I finished this book yesterday and really liked it! I love a good true crime story, and the fact that this happened in a familiar place made it all the more intriguing. It was interesting to see how crimes were investigated and tried in the early 1960s, and as a journalist, I was especially amused by the role the media played in this high-publicity case. It was sensationalism and fake news at its prime! Pre-internet, it would have been very difficult to know who was plagiarizing, who was stretch ...more
This is a reporter's well-researched and detailed chronology of the infamous Starved Rock (IL) triple murders in the 1960's. Steve Stout has done an outstandingly accurate job of reporting the facts - all the facts - that were known at the time, all the while refraining from personal opinion. The only facts that I would have liked to see researched and reported on would be more insight into who Chester was: early days, early associations, school, family. That insight into the man accused and con ...more
I read this because this month was the 50th anniversary of the triple-homicide at Starved Rock. I've been there several times, and thought it would be interesting to catch up on some local history. This book supplies transcripts of the interviews and court appearances that took place. So sad that the three victims left for their hike that day with no idea of the dangerous stranger that they would meet along the way.
Interesting but somewhat poorly-written account of a crime startling for it's time and setting. Most interesting to me is the controversy surrounding the alleged killer's conviction--many, including the killer himself, maintain that he is innocent,despite much evidence to the contrary. A google search of the killer's name highlights this debate in forum discussions. Much of the book is interviews and court transcripts.
I think Weger is guilty after reading this book. He was the first one to mention the plane and they had to look into it after that. Plus, his story changed twice. What he told on the stand and what he tells today are completely different stories.....It was a good read. I had never heard of this case and I have lived in LaSalle County for most of my life.
It was an interesting story. It really creeped me out that this is a true story and that they might not have put the right man in prison. I personally think that Weger committed the crime. This is not a well written book and it goes slow.
The "go to" book to learn about this tragedy. The circumstances and investigation of the 1960 triple murders at a well known state park is documented. The era before Miranda warnings and CSI type forensics is hard for the 21st century reader to comprehend, but indeed it was a different time.